Awake in a Bad Dream (Wakker in een boze droom)


Year: 2013
Run Time: 114 minutes

Sabrina, Vicky, and Ingrid are three extraordinarily brave women who allow filmmakers to accompany them on their fraught journeys through diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. AWAKE IN A BAD DREAM is an intimate, commentary-free documentary that shows the different ways in which these women – aided by strong family support systems—keep fighting to maintain their dignity and their womanhood. Ingrid loves to dance to Greek music. Feeling out of balance with one breast amputated, she opts for reconstruction. Vicky is a no-nonsense gardener who sings motivational songs while tramping with her dogs through the countryside. A self-diagnostician, she wants to know exactly what’s happening in her body. Sabrina is a chatty young hairdresser who loses her hair to chemo. All are in the gentle care of Dr. Emiel Rutgers, Surgical Oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. “Are you ok?” he asks Ingrid after one harrowing procedure. “Sure,” she replies resolutely, “I’m still here.” (In Dutch with subtitles) —B.B.

Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster

Peter Lataster

Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster

Peter Lataster

Mario Steenbergen

Director Bio
Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster attended the HFF film school in Potsdam-Babelsberg, East Germany. Since 1990 they have worked as a film-directing couple in Amsterdam.

Select Filmography
"Verhalen van een rivier" (1992), "Call it Sleep" (1997), "Fragile Happiness" (2001), "Dreamland GDR" (2003), "Dit gaat nooit meer weg" (2005), AWAKE IN A BAD DREAM (2013)

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This film is presented with the generous support of THE FABULOUSLY FEARLESS BROWN SISTERS.

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